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RB-79 Ball
General and Technical Data

Model number: RB-79
Code name: Ball
Unit type: combat support mobile pod
Manufacturer: Earth Federal Forces
Operator: Earth Federal Forces
Rollout: UC 0079
First deployment: UC 0079
Accomodation: pilot only, in standard cockpit in body
Dimensions: overall height 12.8 meters
Weight: empty 17.2 metric tons; max gross 25.0 metric tons
Powerplant: Minovsky type ultracompact fusion reactor, output rated at 400 kW
Propulsion: rocket thrusters: 24000 kg total
Performance: maximum thruster acceleration 0.96 G
Equipment and design features: sensors, range 4000 meters
Fixed armaments: 1 x 180 mm recoilless cannon, mounted on body

Technical and Historical Notes
With the Federation on the offensive and taking the war to the Principality of Zeon's home territory, the Earth Federal Forces needed to field more guns to support its somewhat limited number of RGM-79 GM mobile suit units. Their answer was to refit approximately 1200 civilian-model SP-W03 space construction pods with armor plating and a 180 mm recoilless cannon. Despite their limited firepower and low maneuverability, the Federal Forces would deploy this RB-79 Ball as mobile fleet defense units, protecting the Federation's ships while the GM mobile suits went on the attack.